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Re: “Taxpayers out $71,000 (at least) for state's defense of discrimination

Judge Fox was apparently unaware that the Arkansas Supreme Court already summarily denied attorney fees on the appeals. Not a surprise. We had requested that they permit Fox to rule on those fees, but they denied that too. We are considering proceeding to the U. S. Supreme Court since the Arkansas Supreme Court did not follow proper procedure.

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Posted by Cheryl K. Maples on 02/18/2018 at 12:35 AM

Re: “Rep. Bob Ballinger wants to keep fighting over birth certificates

I am the lead attorney on the birth certificate case. The United States Supreme Court granted us certiorari and then immediately overturned the Arkansas Supreme Court without requiring briefing or oral arguments. (A rare occurrence) The decision said, among other things, that birth certificates are not based upon biology. You would have to deny non-biological parents the right to be on birth certificates in adoption, assisted reproduction and surrogacy. Heterosexual couples would be denied the right also. Our case, Pavan v. Smith, already settled this issue. If he tries and succeeds, it will be due to pure animus toward the LBGT community and we will win again.

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Posted by Cheryl K. Maples on 12/11/2017 at 7:05 PM

Re: “How Neil Gorsuch screwed up dissent in Arkansas birth certificate case

We did not challenge the assisted reproduction statute. We challenged the birth certificate statute that permits/mandates that the person to whom the birth mother is married at any time during a pregnancy shall be on the birth certificate and if the birth mother is unmarried, she can identify the other parent who shall be named on the birth certificate if they are willing to sign an affidavit stating that they are, in fact, the other parent. The Arkansas Attorney General admitted that the assisted reproduction statute was constitutionally suspect in oral arguments before the Arkansas Supreme Court, but this was not the statute at issue. When we appealed to SCOTUS, the Attorney General again tried to get off topic in the briefing by again admitting the unconstitutionality of the assisted reproduction statute. Gorsuch's dissent followed their arguments. SCOTUS ruled that the BIRTH CERTIFICATE STATUTE was unconstitutional. The Arkansas Department of Health is now issuing birth certificates ONLY to couples that meet the requirements of the assisted reproduction statute. This requires a physician assisted and certified procedure. Many couples have children without the help of a physician. The Department of Health is trying to undermine the ruling of the United States Supreme Court with the blessing of the Attorney General's office.

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Posted by Cheryl K. Maples on 07/03/2017 at 8:17 PM

Re: “U.S. Supreme Court taking longer look at Arkansas birth certificate case

Golfer109 Where in the constitution does it say that heterosexual couples can be listed as Mommy and Daddy or that boys must use the boy's bathroom? It doesn't. But the U. S. Constitution does say that ALL people are entitled to equal rights.

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Posted by Cheryl K. Maples on 05/31/2017 at 12:13 PM


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